• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

International Walk to School Day: Ditch the ride and hoof it

On the “heels" of Child Health Day, Oct. 5, 2016, is International Walk to School Day! Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, this annual event “kicked” off back in 1997 to raise awareness about the need for “walkable communities.”

Parents and children across the nation ditched their cars and headed for the sidewalks. The one-day event quickly “took off” and within a few short years, Walk to School Day became an international movement. Today, thousands of American schools and over 40 countries participate in the International Walk to School Day global event which takes place in October. In 2011, more than 4,000 registered events took place in America and organizers are expecting this year’s event to be even bigger!

How to Celebrate (International) Walk to School Day

Not only is participation free, walking and biking is good for the environment and good for you, too!

  • Instead of getting a ride from home to school, hop on your bicycle or walk to school. Ask your neighbors and friends to do the same thing and go together!

  • Set up a fun obstacle course!

  • Make a super-cool walking stick.

  • If walking or biking to school is simply not feasible due to distance or disabilities, do some extra walking during the day instead.

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood or go for a nice, leisurely bike ride after school.

  • How about organizing a fun bike ride with friends and family?

  • Why not take the pooch for a stroll too?

  • The key is to ditch the ride and hoof it!

Happy walking!